Grinnell Mutual announces finalists for 2018 Fairground Facelift grants

Fifteen fairground improvement projects in 13 states are finalists in Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift initiative. With votes from Facebook fans, Grinnell Mutual will distribute a total of $7,000 to five winners to help local fairgrounds bring their improvement projects to life.

“Fairground Facelift grants are another way Grinnell Mutual supports the towns where our customers live, work, and play,” said Barb Baker, director of advertising and community relations. “County fairgrounds celebrate family, friendship, and relationships — the stuff that matters. That’s why we want to be part of sustaining them for future generations.”

Support your favorite fairground improvement project by voting for a Fairground Facelift grant on our Facebook page.

How to Vote

The public can visit Grinnell Mutual’s Facebook page or website to vote for project finalists. Click the ‘Vote’ button on the photo of the fairground project you want to vote for. People can vote once per day, per project.

The project receiving the highest number of votes will receive a $3,000 grant. The next four places in voting — second, third, fourth, and fifth — will each receive a $1,000 grant.

Voting ends Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11:59 a.m. CT. See the finalists below.

Fairground Facelift finalists

  • Bates County Fairgrounds, Butler, Mo. — “Outdoor Restroom Renovation”: Renovate outdoor restrooms to make them accessible compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Benton County, Vinton, Iowa — “Electric Outlets for Fans in the Horse Barn”: Add electric outlets in the horse barn for fans to keep horses and kids cool.
  • Corson County Fairground, McIntosh, S.D. — “Keeping Kids & Critters Cool”: Put in exhaust fans put in to help with ventilation when kids and critters are in the exhibition barn.
  • Dawson County Fairgrounds, Glendive, Mont. — “Exhibit Displays”: New exhibit displays for 4-H, schools, and open-class fair projects to replace the old, heavy, bulky displays.
  • Fountain County 4-H Fairgrounds, Veedersburg, Ind. — “Restroom Overhaul”: Replace and update the restrooms to ADA standards and add baby-changing stations, energy efficient lighting, and a dressing area.
  • Franklin County Fairgrounds, Ina, Ill. — “Horse Arena Fence Replacement”: Replace the original, 40-year-old wooden fence with a metal pipe fencing.
  • Fremont County Fairgrounds, Sidney, Iowa — “Small Changes, Big Difference!”: Little things — including updates to a bathroom, dressing room, and hand-washing station, as well as three new doors — add up to a big impact on the appearance and functionality of the fairgrounds.
  • Garvin County Fairgrounds, Pauls Valley, Okla. — “Ditchin’ the Kitchen”: Replace and remodel outdated and unsafe kitchen facility for the fairgrounds community building.
  • Knox County Fairground, Bloomfield, Neb. — “Fair Accessibility”: Improve fairground accessibility by putting in cement walkways between exhibit halls.
  • Renville County Fair, Bird Island, Minn. — “Swine Barn Facelift”: Painting and updating the wood inside and out with new doors, posts, pens, and lighting, to keep people from getting hurt.
  • Rock County 4-H Fair, Janesville, Wis. — “Agriculture Adventureland Improvements”: Add more hands-on activities for children in our Agricultural Adventureland exhibit.
  • Stark County Fairgrounds, Dickinson, N.D. — “Nature's Park”: Build an outdoor children's playground using all-natural materials such as logs for climbing, stumps for jumping, a sandbox for digging, ropes for swinging, and rocks for building.
  • The Perry County Fairgrounds, New Lexington, Ohio — “Mommy & Me Nursing Parlor”: Support the wellness and parenting needs of mothers by providing private spaces for breastfeeding and lactation.
  • Tioga County Fair, Wellsboro, Penn. — “Gate Safety and Maps”: Build entry gates with maps so fair visitors can enter safely and know where they are when attending the fair.
  • Union County Fair, Anna, Ill. — “Portable Announcer and Event Stand”: Build a portable trailer with covered roof for announcers and officials that can be moved around easily on the fairgrounds.

Fairground Facelift promotion